- “TO BE A HEDONIST WITH BAD TASTE…” (1)
- Nick: Perhaps acquiring a taste for expensive wines is not one worth acquiring.
- ORWELL—WRITING SHOULD BE LIKE SPOKEN LANGUAGE. (1)
- Nathaniel: That’s why I can’t text. I’m too much of a writer. It pains me to leave out...
- MARSHALL MCLUHAN AND THE INTERNET. (2)
- HOW BASEBALLS ARE MADE. (2)
- Carl Davidson: Re the video on the making of baseballs, it appears that several parts of the process are done by hand...
- SMALL SAMPLES—ANOTHER PROBLEM WITH PUBLISHED ARTICLES. (2)
- Henry Nejako: Just came across this fascinating New York Magazine article about a 28-year-old graduate student,...
- UMPIRE RATINGS. (4)
- Richard C. Northrup: While watching a game on the MLB network on Wed. 4/17/13, KC vs ATL the home plate umpire...
- MY REACTIONS TO THE HAMLET COMIC STRIP—CONTEMPORARY HAMLETS. (1)
- Barb: Probably Jesus and his disciples…and various writers who shared facts or their own fiction :o) (Sitting...
- THE OLDEST FANTASY BASEBALL LEAGUE STARTS ITS 32ND SEASON. (COMMENT). (6)
- michael gallo: since 1984…..the year the first book came out..stats done by hand when the sporting news arrived
- HOW DID THE ORIOLES DO IT LAST YEAR? (1)
- Nick: And luck can also explain the strong bullpen. The Orioles’ relievers were 9th in the majors in K/BB ratio...
- COMPENSATORY ETHICS—A NEW THEORY OF ETHICS? (1)
- Serhiy: I will not say that people are endowed with different stock of virtue but rather stick to the idea: that some...
- WHAT THE IRISH ATE BEFORE THE COMING OF THE POTATO. (1)
- Barbara Michael: I believe the vegetables, other than potatoes, which could have nourished the Irish, were taken from...
- “TO BE A HEDONIST WITH BAD TASTE…” (1)
Category Archives: Baseball
WHAT HOCKEY GETS RIGHT ABOUT DANGEROUS PLAYS. This article by Nicholas Cotsonika about the thought process underlying a penalty imposed on a player for an illegal check which caused an injury illustrates several things that the National Hockey League does … Continue reading
GATSBY GOES TO A BASEBALL GAME. Anne Margaret Daniel in this article on the Huffington Post blog (link via RealClearBooks) describes a scene which appeared in early drafts of THE GREAT GATSBY, but was replaced in the published version by … Continue reading
NONUNIFORM BASEBALLS (COMMENT). Carl Davidson commented on my post on how baseballs were made that the process could lead to imperfectly uniform baseballs. I think that’s right. It’s one explanation for why a pitcher would ask the umpire to take … Continue reading
BASEBALL SECRET RUBBING MUD. The video about making baseballs points out the smoothness of baseballs when they emerge from the factory. This wikipedia article tells about how before each professional game, the umpires rub the several dozen baseballs that will … Continue reading
HOW BASEBALLS ARE MADE. Lee Bryant sent me this video showing the process of making a baseball. They are made to standards established in 1872. Except for machinery, the process is a little like what we imagine was used to … Continue reading
HOW DID THE ORIOLES DO IT LAST YEAR? Nick is a believer in the sabermetric argument that Earl Weaver was right and that, except in special circumstances, playing for one run is a mistake. I told Nick that I would … Continue reading
SHORTENING A BASEBALL GAME TO SIX INNINGS. One current strategy in baseball follows Gene Mauch’s approach of trying for an early lead. If a team can succeed in building a deep bullpen, with three or four shutdown relievers, it can … Continue reading
EARL WEAVER AND GENE MAUCH AND SABERMETRICS.. Earl Weaver and Gene Mauch were both successful managers during roughly the same period (Weaver, 1960 to 1987; Mauch, 1960 to 1986.) Weaver and Mauch had different views on a major issue in … Continue reading
NEW SUPPORT FOR REDUCING BASEBALL COLLISIONS. I have posted several times, including here, supporting changes in baseball rules to reduce injuries from collisions. A lot of collisions at home plate and second base occur because of customs that are defy … Continue reading